The Committee of 100, a group whose goals and functions are in line with The Tai Initiative’s, has been taking public opinion survey data on American and Chinese perceptions of one another for over a decade. Overall, the committee takes the approach of carrying out three core programs–Education, Diplomacy, and Leadership Development. I look forward to seeing more activity and engagement with this group in the future.
The Committee of 100’s opinion survey project began in 1994 and produced opinion surveys in 2001, 2005, 2007, and 2012. The objective of this study is to determine American attitudes toward China, and, as a “mirror,” measure Chinese attitudes toward America on key issues in US-China relations and salient domestic issues in both countries. The target respondent groups in both countries include general public, opinion leaders and business leaders with a stand-alone sample of the US policy community.
The survey findings provide unique, comprehensive and comparative information that can be used to enhance US-China relations and formulate recommendations on how to forge mutually beneficial partnerships, including leader-to-leader, people-to-people, organization-to-organization, and many others to foster greater understanding and build trust between the United States and China.